Surprise: Google doesn’t make the top 10 best companies for gender diversity in tech

Not on the list.


It’s been a challenging week for diversity in tech.

Former Google engineer James Damore’s memo has ignited a pointless debate about whether or not women are inherently less effective at careers as software engineers. Together with the memo treated among many as a valid bit of scientific investigation, it could be discouraging for those who see it as manipulating scientific studies to encourage a flawed and debatable assumption.

The entire situation was reflective of larger problems with gender and racial diversity throughout Silicon Valley. Even at companies in which engineers are not circulating arguments for why their employers should dismantle diversity applications, these ideas are pervasive.

So it’s convenient that the jobs site Comparably has a new report out this week ranking Silicon Valley employers by how they’re doing at diversity. When it comes to gender, Google does not make the top 10 (though the company is one of the top ranked for racial diversity).

Top 10 businesses by gender motto:

  1. Salesforce

  2. Adobe

  3. Intuit

  4. T-Mobile

  5. LinkedIn

  6. Accenture

  7. PayPal

  8. Workday

  9. Apple

  10. Facebook

Top 10 companies by racial motto:

  1. VMWare

  2. Disney

  3. LinkedIn

  4. Salesforce

  5. Intuit

  6. Google

  7. T-Mobile

  8. Dell

  9. Facebook

  10. Symantec

The rankings depend on how these companies’ own underrepresented employees rate their experiences on the job. So it’s not about the numbers in diversity accounts, in which Google, for instance, is 56 percent white and 69 percent male, but about the adventures people and women of color really have as soon as they’re in the front door.

Comparably then provides a score to each organization and ranks them as compared to businesses in the exact same sector and metro region. The scores look like this, with Google as a useful illustration:

Google’s gender score on Comparably.

Picture: comparably

Responses were accumulated over several months and during August 2017, so these are recent answers.

Still another report for Googleand its own peersto bear in mind as they deal with the fallout of a single engineer’s manifesto.

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